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Text and photos: Eckart Winkler, Bad Nauheim, http://www.eckart-winkler.de
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Common and touristic Information about USA


General information on driving distance and geography / nature - The states - The top hikes - The top campsites The most worth seeing national parks - The secret tips


Travel timeEnd of May to end of July (57 days)
Distance traveled7928 mi, 12756 km (155 mi, 250 km per day)
Northernmost pointMammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
Southernmost pointSalt Flat near Guadalupe Mountains NP, Texas
Westernmost pointPoint Montara Light Station near San Francisco, California
Easternmost pointCarlsbad, New Mexico
Fueled228.6 Gallons, 857 l, 347.74$
Hiked190 mi, 306 km, height difference 13540 m
Camping nights30, average 14.36$
Motel and hotel nights25, average 45.33$
National Parks17
National Monuments9

The highest pointMount Elbert (4399 m)Colorado
The lowest pointBadwater, Death Valley (-86 m)California
The biggest caveCarlsbad CavernsNew Mexico
Rock arches and natural bridgesArches NP, Natural Bridges NMUtah
The furthest rock archLandscape Arch, Arches NPUtah
Hoodoos (Pinnacles)Bryce Canyon; Cedar Breaks NM; Chiricahua NMdifferent
Sand dunesGreat Sand Dunes NM; White Sands NM; Death Valleydifferent
Volcanic activitiesYellowstone NPWyoming
Indian RuinsMesa Verde NP; Bandelier NM; Canyon de Chelley NM; Salinas Pueblos NMdifferent
The most beautiful citiesSan Francisco; Santa FéCalifornia; New Mexico
The craziest cityLas VegasNevada
Cities to quitLos Angeles; Fresno; VisaliaCalifornia
Extraordinary animalslook heredifferent
Exceptional plantslook heredifferent

The states
NameNicknameCapitalHow longHighlights
CaliforniaThe Golden StateSacramento18 daysSan Francisco; Yosemite NP
NevadaThe Silver StateCarson City2 daysRed Rock Canyon; Las Vegas
ArizonaThe Grand Canyon StatePhoenix6 daysGrand Canyon; Canyon de Chelley
UtahThe Beehive StateSalt Lake City (x)7 daysArches NP; Bryce Canyon
IdahoThe Gem StateBoise2 hours 
WyomingThe Equality StateCheyenne7 daysYellowstone NP; Grand Teton NP
MontanaThe Treasure StateHelena1 day 
ColoradoThe Centennial StateDenver (x)6 daysRocky Mountains NP; Great Sand Dunes
New MexicoThe Land of EnchantmentSanta Fé (x)6 daysSanta Fe; Carlsbad Caverns
TexasThe Lone Star StateAustin2 daysGuadalupe Mountains

We have also been in the capital cities marked with (x)

The top hikes
NrTrailPlaceStateLengthAltitude diffmax
1Longs PeakRocky Mountain NPColorado25.5 km1479 m4345 m
2Bright Angel/Plateau PointGrand Canyon NPArizona19 km974 m2091 m
3Amphitheater LakeGrand Teton NPWyoming15.5 km900 m2953 m
4Hallet PeakRocky Mountain NPColorado16 km987 m3875 m
5Guadalupe PeakGuadalupe Mountains NPTexas13.5 km920 m2667 m
6Mount ElbertSan Isabel National ForestColorado14 km1321 m4399 m
7Four Mile Trail/Sentinel DomeYosemite NPKalifornien20 km1260 m2476 m
8Angels LandingZion NPUtah8 km453 m1826 m
9Mount WashburnYellowstone NPWyoming9.6 km422 m3122 m
10Bush Mt./Hunter Peak/Bear CanyonGuadalupe Mountains NPTexas24 km880 m2631 m

The length of the trails is the total length back and forth respectively. The maximum height is usually the height of the turning point, of course, in the Grand Canyon the height of the starting point.

The top campsites
1Devil's Garden CampgroundArches NPUtahPicturesque among fascinating rock formations
2Lone Pine CampgroundInyo National ForestCaliforniaAbove the Alabama Mountains with great views of Mount Whitney (highest mountain in the US except Alaska)
3White Tank CampgroundJoshua Tree NPCaliforniaVery nicely located between rock formations (did not stay here though)
4Great Sand Dunes CampgroundGreat Sand Dunes NMColoradoWith a very nice view of the big sand dunes
5Pine Spring CampgroundGuadalupe Mountains NPTexasJust below the highest mountains of Texas
6Fruita CampgroundCapitol Reef NPUtahGuests are free to pick fruit and eat
7Buckeye FlatSequoia NPCaliforniaNice little campsite in the woods near a river

This list only considers the landscape or the atmosphere and not the comfort. This is rather low on the places mentioned here, since these are state campgrounds.

The most beautiful national parks
Arches National ParkUtahNumerous natural rock arches and fascinating rock formations
Bryce Canyon National ParkUtahThousands of yellow and red crested peaks (Hoodos or Pinnacles) and magnificent views
Yosemite National ParkCaliforniaOne of the most beautiful valleys of this earth; high waterfalls and steep rock faces
Grand Canyon National ParkArizonaThe largest ditch in the world; Earth history disclosed

The insider tips
Chiricahua National MonumentArizonaThousands of crags, but unlike Bryce Canyon
Natural Bridges National MonumentColoradoThree of the largest natural bridges in the world
Bandelier National MonumentNew MexicoHistory to touch; Walk on indian tracks


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